Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

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What's making news in British Columbia

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B.C. GREEN LEADER PROPOSES LOWER VOTING AGE

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver is making another attempt to lower the voting age in the province to 16.

Weaver has for the third time introduced a private member's bill that would make the change, saying young people are the leaders of tomorrow and deserve a say in the direction the province is heading.

The bill comes one say after Elections BC announced that only 56 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds and 46 per cent of 25- to 35-year-olds voted in the last provincial election.

Weaver says lowering the voting age has led to substantially higher levels of political participation in Scotland, Argentina, Austria and Brazil.

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SEARCH FOR HIKERS MISSING IN ALASKA CONTINUES

Favourable weather has allowed a search to resume on an Alaskan mountain for a missing British Columbia man and his climbing companion.

Megan Peters of the Alaska State Troopers says crews were back in the air Tuesday, searching for Marc-Andre Leclerc, 24, of Squamish and Ryan Johnson, 34.

The two were scaling the Mendenhall Towers north of Juneau last week but have not been heard from since reaching the summit of the 2,100-metre main tower.

Peters says a snow assessment team will assess the risk of having searchers on the ground before sending rescue crews out on foot.

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B.C. MUNICIPALITIES NEGOTIATING POT TAX DEAL WITH PROVINCE

The Union of B.C. Municipalities says it's still trying to reach a deal with the province on sharing legal marijuana tax revenues with local governments.

The group's president Wendy Booth says work is continuing in order to get the province to put a dollar figure on legal marijuana costs to municipalities.

She says there is no urgency to reach a tax sharing deal by the time pot becomes legal, adding there are many policy questions that must be answered.

Ottawa reached a deal with the provinces in December to give them 75 per cent of marijuana tax revenues.

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING STRING OF SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN ARMSTRONG, B.C.

Police say a 60-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a series of suspicious fires in the area of Armstrong, B. …

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